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Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation And Recovery

When a person suffers from a traumatic brain injury, the resulting severity will vary according to the type and amount of damage, the location of the injury and also by the amount of time that the brain injury may go undiagnosed. When even an apparent slight head injury occurs the victim should be evaluated by a professional immediately.

The initial assessment by a doctor will evaluate a person’s cognitive ability, socialization skills or difficulties, behavioral issues as well as many other emotional, physical and psychological symptoms.

Imaging tests may also be employed by health care providers to show the area and amount of damage to the brain. These tests include:

  • Computerized tomography (CT). A ‘cat’ scan, as it is often referred to, takes X-rays of the brain, from different angles, to create a complete picture. Bleeding in the brain, bruised brain tissue, and other damage becomes easily evident.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI uses magnets and radio waves to produce images with greater detail than CT scans. The assessment of damage takes longer to complete so the test is more likely to be used in follow-up exams.
  • Intercranial pressure (ICP) monitoring. Pressure within the skull may increase from swelling of the brain. This swelling can cause additional damage. This swelling may be monitored by the insertion of a probe though the skull. A drain or shunt may also be placed in the skull to relive pressure.

Once the assessments on the injured are complete, the injured person begins a path to recovery that may be long and arduous in severe cases.. The results of rehabilitation are as widely varied as the injuries can be. In some individuals, response to the same therapy will be better than with others, even if the injuries are similar.

Rehabilitation for persons suffering from a brain injury may require physical therapy, occupational therapy as well as cognitive therapy. The therapist must be highly trained and qualified.

Brain injuries can affect the flexibility and mobility of different parts of the body Physical therapy is designed to help regain normal use in these areas. Occupational therapy is utilized to help suffers of brain injury return to their everyday life with as much normality as possible.

Cognitive impairment is another area where a brain injured person may suffer. Cognitive impairment involves the sufferers overall thinking ability and processes. Therapy for cognitive issues is extremely difficult and may have only a limited amount of success in many cases.

Retaining a Brain Injury Attorney

A person who receives a traumatic brain injury that was the fault of another should seek a brain injury attorney with a proven record of success in litigating these difficult cases. It requires a team of medical experts to determine how severe the injury is and how long the rehabilitation will take. They must also be able to determine the worst case scenario which would mean a lifetime of rehabilitation, limited recovery and complete loss of income over a lifetime. The overall cost to the victim over a lifetime can be in the millions.

Many law firms are soliciting brain injury victims through paid referral sites, large advertisements, TV ads and over the internet, with claims of large cash settlements. Many of these law firms have never set foot in a court room and have no idea what the true value of a brain injury case really is over a lifetime. Their goal is to settle with an insurance company and convince the injured party that they did well by them. They take their percentage and move on to the next. These are referred to as settlement mills. Steer clear. Hire a law firm that is willing to front the cost of your case regardless of how long it takes, to recover the maximum amount possible.

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA has a team of experienced brain injury lawyers who have successfully recovered substantial cash settlements for victims of traumatic brain injuries. If you or someone you care about suffered a traumatic brain injury, do not hire a law firm that will let you go through life without enough money to live on. Hire a law firm that knows what you injury is truly worth. That is Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. We don’t just settle – we win! Call today at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation.

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